I am not sure how many of you subscribe to IA Woodsman's youtube channel. If you don't, you should. Lots and lots of good info from a guy who knows his stuff. Anyhow, he has some excellent videos about braiding, whipping ends, and firesteel lanyards and they really got me to thinking...
I dug around a little and found a place called supplycaptain.com that sells 1/16", 100 lb test accessory cord and I ordered a spool or two for a couple of lanyards. Next, I set about making a prototype leather sheath for the SAK itself until the cord arrvied.
After the cord arrived, I braided two lanyards with braided eyes and fused up all of the loose ends with a match or two.
The braided line is worked around the holes, over and under, forming a linkage that will pull on the leather between the holes instead of expanding and eventually tearing out the outside holes. (Shown here in completed form and admitedly, my stitching on this was more for function than looks... ) Once whipped with some waxed thread, those things are not going anywhere.
I've been wearing it for about two weeks not and, thus far, everything is holing up well. When I kneel the firesteel reaches the floor with slack to spare and the lanyard wraps around the sheath nicely when it goes back in my pocket. Thus far, I am really pleased with it. Hopefully, some day, I'll get back into the woods and get to test it on the real stuff rather than my fire pit in the back yeard... Anyhow, thanks as always for reading.